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#201 Erik Bakker

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 04:04 AM

Look forward to more photo's of your C5 Terry. It looks like your dec covers are shiny black like the tube. Mine has matte black covers that appear to be less thick/voluminous and have a similar matte color/texture to the fork arms. For the rest the scopes look identical smile.gif



#202 Erik Bakker

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 05:32 AM

Here is a detailed picture of the engraved manufacturing date (12 82) of one of the 220V 50 Hz motors on the side of it's housing in my C5, right above it's attachment screw to the base. You really have to look for it on your C5, a magnifying glass and good light help:

 

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 02:39 PM

Thanks for the details of your new C5 Terry, I've update the C5 Registry.

 

I'd be interested to know what date is on the side of the motors - you might be lucky in that the date is positioned so that it will be visible looking at the bottom of the mount but as Eric notes, the dates can be hard to see, as in the photos below of my 1981 orange tube, serial 502612 which has 4-81 dated motors.

 

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 02:50 PM

Here are several pictures of the scope. The OTA still needs a better cleaning as well as the finderscope lens. I'm having a real tough time seeing the numbers on the side of the motors, but I'll keep trying. I found another ad from Sky & Telescope January 1985 where this model is clearly seen along with the C-90 up to the C-14. I thought I saw one from late 82 or early 83 as well and I'm re-checking those issues now because there seemed to be a mixture of orange and black models during that time.

 

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 02:55 PM

And more..

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 02:58 PM

Last one. There's also one small area on the lower right of the corrector that needs cleaning. It almost looks like a small piece of scotch tape residue of all things. The rest of the corrector looks great!

 

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 03:26 PM

Great looking scope Terry. Looks like a twin to my C5. Only the declination covers that are shiny in yours are matte in mine. Dimensions look the same from these additional pictures. Hope it performs as well as it looks!


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Posted 22 May 2018 - 04:00 PM

Thanks! It is a good looking scope! Here is the ad from Feb 1985 that shows the scope and the entire SCT line up. The dec covers look shiny in this ad. Still searching for other ads now.

 

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 04:08 PM

I wonder if the matte finish was for overseas units only. The image is still pretty dark, but it looks like those covers might be the shiny ones. It's clearer when you open and save the image.

 

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 04:12 PM

The ad mentions starbright coatings, but mine and Erik's have special coatings which seems to be an earlier type coating prior to 1985 (when this ad came out).

 

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 05:55 PM

The motors could have been made way before the scope. I just never saw anything black gloss in 1982.


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Posted 22 May 2018 - 06:21 PM

Yeah, it's hard to find much of anything on this. The serial numbers get kind of loopy. Well, here it is sitting with my older C-5. Working on a display. I like to change things up every once in a while. I think it's kind of neat that each scope represents the era of space exploration of the machines above them. Hope to be using them both when the weather is clear!

 

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 07:00 PM

Yeah, it's hard to find much of anything on this. The serial numbers get kind of loopy. Well, here it is sitting with my older C-5. Working on a display. I like to change things up every once in a while. I think it's kind of neat that each scope represents the era of space exploration of the machines above them. Hope to be using them both when the weather is clear!

 

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Now ya need a tri color for up top.


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Posted 22 May 2018 - 07:47 PM

Lol, I need to get a bigger shelf because I'm running out of room! A tri-color would be great, but I want one in good shape that's not going to break the bank. I might be able to squeeze it in the bottom shelf, but there won't be much wiggle room. I have too many scopes as it is, but it's fun looking for those rarer ones! V/R Terry

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 05:08 PM

Here is a recent pic I took of my Super C5. As you can see it differs from Terry's new acquisition by it's matte declination covers.

 

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 05:40 PM

Here is a recent pic I took of my Super C5. As you can see it differs from Terry's new acquisition by it's matte declination covers.

 

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You have that great black tripod that came out around late 83 into 1984.


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 07:35 PM

I discovered that the C-5 fits really well on the Questar tri-stand. Very solid and even the ac power receptacle on the bottom of the C-5 lines up with the tri-stand baseplate. 

 

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 11:35 AM

Picked up a 1976 C5 yesterday locally here in SoCal. Tested it last night and wow ! very sharp image. Saturn was perfect at 250x, Mars wasn't bad either and could see one polar and not much else due to the dust storm. SN on mine is 3 2240 6, I will post images in another post soon, and here it is !

 

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 02:26 PM

Nice!  I have a 1976 as well and it is a really sharp scope and just enough aperture to do justice the the brighter Messier globulars as well as a fantastic compact lunar and planetary scope. 

 

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 11:09 AM

AD97305A-9D49-4149-9980-1CCBB32589BE.jpeg Hello folks! I just joined cloudynights and saw this forum. I have an around 1980 c5 that I just got out of storage where it has sat for about the past 10 years because I lived in downtown Minneapolis where the light pollution is as they say “substantial.” I’m hoping to get back into astronomy now that I live where it is a little bit less. I’m thinking about a goto but still keeping y classic. Here is a photo.


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Posted 31 August 2018 - 01:30 PM

 Very nice, thanks for sharing.Can  you find the serial number? Look on the front on the secondary holder.



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Posted 31 August 2018 - 11:16 PM

Hi James, I recently purchased a C5 at an auction. The plate says 2 3902 8. Looks like a 2nd qtr 1978 model. I'll look for the motor years a little later. 

I do need a power cable, does anyone have the specs?

Thanks for doing this.

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Posted 01 September 2018 - 10:52 AM

The motor years just tell when the motors are made. Not sure how that relates to the age of the scope other than the scope was made after the motors. Celestron could have purchased 100,000 motors in 1975 and were still using them from that pile in 1982. Please correct me if I'm wrong.



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Posted 01 September 2018 - 12:32 PM

 Very nice, thanks for sharing.Can  you find the serial number? Look on the front on the secondary holder.

Yes it’s 500766. Does that give any clue to the manufacture date?


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Posted 01 September 2018 - 02:18 PM

Yes it’s 500766. Does that give any clue to the manufacture date?

The motor years do vary but many times they are close to the date of the scope so can help ballpark it's year.

 

With that in mind, looking at the registry, I'd estimate your scope to be from 1979.

 

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